Science Cafe Delaware

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Science Cafe

Learn about different scientific topics at a live (and lively) event in a casual setting!  There is no stuffy lecture: the speaker presents the topic in lay terms and facilitates a dynamic conversation with a diverse audience!

Upcoming Cafes:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tuesday April 10, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Whereabouts Cafe
214 Peoples Plaza
Newark, DE 19702
Beginning at 6:00 pm

The event is free, but arrive hungry! Food and drinks available for purchase!

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2018 Annual Meeting, May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:00 P.M.
DuPont Country Club
Registration opening in early March

Keynote speaker: Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Translation, OptumLabs

Dr. Sanghavi is an award-winning medical educator, who has worked in medical settings around the world and published dozens of scientific papers on topics ranging from the molecular biology of cell death to tuberculosis transmission patterns in Peruvian slums. A frequent guest on NBC’s Today and past commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, Dr. Sanghavi is a contributing editor to Parents magazine, a health care columnist with Slate, and has regularly written about health care for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. His best-seller, A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician’s Tour of the Body, was named a best health book of the year by the Wall Street Journal.

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Million Hearts 2022: A Compelling Call to Action

Although heart disease and stroke death rates are leveling off after 40 years of steady decline in the United States, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women of all races and ethnicities.  It is the greatest contributor to racial disparities in life expectancy and in some populations, CVD is increasing.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
1:00 pm ET
Watch in person (Global Communications Center, Building 19), or live via webcast.

Presented By:

Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC
Executive Director, Million Hearts
Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Million Hearts 2022: Focusing Action for Impact”

Leslie Meehan, MPA, AICP
Director, Office of Primary Prevention
Tennessee Department of Health
“Creating Livable, Prosperous, and Healthy Communities”

George S. Schroeder, MD
Family Practitioner 
Plymouth Family Physicians
“ABCS Improvement in the Real World”

Kathleen Tong, MD
Associate Professor
Heart Failure Program
Director, Preventative Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program
University of California, Davis
“What Works to Prevent Second Heart Attacks”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Innovative Discoveries Series

Team Building and Translational Science: Chemistry, Biomaterials, and Improving Recovery After Vascular Surgery

Adult and congenital cardiovascular diseases are significant health problems that are often managed using surgery.  Bypass grafting is a principal approach, but grafts fail at unacceptably high rates due to maladaptive tissue responses.  To address this challenge, and to improve outcomes after cardiovascular surgery, we assembled a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary team to develop applications of stem-cell-laden, physico-chemically tunable biomaterials to improve post-surgical healing.  The presentation will focus on preclinical development and testing of artificial vascular “pedicles” to stabilize skeletonized arterial conduits and on the team-based approach used in the translation of fundamental knowledge in the fields of chemistry, physics, materials science, and cardiovascular physiology into precision therapeutics for cardiovascular surgery patients.  Specifically, data will be presented on (i) the design and use of injectable, hydrogel-based biomaterials on human arterial cells and cord-blood derived stem cells and (ii) the effects of abluminally-placed hydrogels on the compliance and tissue structure of skeletonized carotid arteries in a preclinical model.

Presented By:

Robert E. Akins, Jr., PhD, FAACPDM, FAHA
Principle Scientist, Director; Center for Pediatric Clinical Research and Development
Head of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Research
Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for CHildren

Free!  Lunch will be served!



Friday, February 23, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

March 16, 2018: Yuehwern Yih, Perdue University (topic TBA)
March 23, 2018: Super Suits: How Advances in Fashion & Wearable Technology Can Improve Life for People With Disabilities.

2018 Delaware Mini Medical School

Designed for individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the world of medicine, Mini-Medical School is a free, six-week series of lectures for adults of all ages and high school students co-sponsored with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association. Attendees learn about important trends …

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

February Awareness

February is…

American Heart Month –
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month –
National Cancer Prevention Month –
National Children’s Dental Health Month –
National Condom Month –

The Week of…

Feb 1 – 7: African Heritage & Health Week –
Feb 7 – 14: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week –
Feb 4 – 9: Burn Awareness Week –
Feb 11 – 17: National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week –


The Day of…

Feb 2: Give Kids a Smile Day –
Feb 2: National Wear Red Day –
Feb 4: World Cancer Day –
Feb 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day –
Feb 14: National Donor Day –


Global Health Grand Rounds @Christiana Care


The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine & Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global health talk.

Health & Heartbreak in the Land of Enchantment:
My Experience with the Indian Health Service


Dr. Fahmida Khan will present this month. As a global health scholar at Christiana, she has spent a total of 7 weeks with the Indian Health Service in New Mexico, working with the Zuni and Navajo populations.

Dr Khan is a third year internal medicine resident at Christiana Hospital. She completed her undergrad studies in her hometown Queens, NY and went on to graduate school in Philadelphia, PA, before entering medical school. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. Her interests include population health, underserved populations and health care disparities in American minorities. She plans to continue her training at Washington Hospital Center in infectious disease and critical care medicine.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Room 14 (broadcast to Room 2 in the Brandywine Conference Center at Wilmington Hospital).

The CCHS Global Health Curriculum is an interdepartmental collaboration, supporting the Global Health Tracks in the Depts. of Medicine and Family Medicine, and the Med-Peds Residency, with the support of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association, and Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Food and Refreshments will be served.

Future Talks


Addiction Resources in Delaware

Over 20 million Americans had a substance abuse disorder in 2015.  It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United states, and over 20,000 of those overdose deaths are related to prescription pain relievers (American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Addiction is everywhere, even in Delaware.



New Castle County: 800-652-2929

Kent & Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785

2016 Year In Review

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are pleased to share with you our 2016 Year In Review via the following link.   Its intent is to update you on activities during the prior year, and to engage you in upcoming projects and activities.  We focus on key areas: our programs, our collaborations, our interns, and our publication – the Delaware Journal of Public Health.
As always, we deeply appreciate your engagement in, and support of, the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association.
Please reach out to us with any feedback and suggestions you may have.